Hon Col. Kundi  Paihama
Angola

Hon Col. Kundi Paihama

Minister of Defense

Place of Birth: Cunene

Career: Governor (successively) of Cunene, Benguela, Huila and Luanda provinces; Minister of State Inspection and Control, 1986; Minister of Territorial Administration; intelligence directorate, State Security Minister; Governor, Huila, 1992-?; member, Politbureau, 1996 to date; Minister of Defence, 2002 to date.

Commentary: Known as the MPLA's Jonas Savimbi, Paihama is a charismatic orator given to calling and addressing spontaneous mass meetings, he speaks several Angolan languages and is one of few senior MPLA figures who can communicate with the people. From Cunene Province on the Namibian border, he is popular in southern and central Angola which he knows well from his governorships. He loathed, and was loathed by, Savimbi, but Paihama is a controversial character in the MPLA due mainly to his anti-corruption diatribes. He is periodically sent to London to escape the political heat.

 


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Vol 49 N0 14

ANGOLA | ANALYSIS

One party rule

The generals are on their way down, starting with the Defence Minister Kundi Paihama, whom the MPLA recently rebuked for talking too fiercely about UNITA...

Vol 49 N0 14

ANGOLA

Daughters and generals

Pedro Neto, Chief of the Air Staff, Defence Minister Kundi Paihama, and Finance Minister José Pedro de Morais...

Vol 49 N0 14

ANGOLA

Friends old and new

When the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Luanda on 2-7 June, Angola's Defence Minister, Kundi Paihama, poured scorn on his South African colleague, Mosiuoa Lekota, saying the attacks on immigrants had brought 'shame on Africa'...

Vol 42 N0 17

ANGOLA

Waiting for the call

Also mentioned was Assembly President Roberto de Almeida; ex-Premier Marcolino Moco; ex-MPLA SG and Premier Lopo de Nascimento; and populist Defence Minister Kundi Paihama...

Vol 41 N0 2

ANGOLA

Not yet endgame

Last month, President Sam Nujoma backed Luanda's onslaught on 'UNITA bandits' straight after a summit at State House, Windhoek, with Angolan Defence Minister Kundi Paihama, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Congo-Kinshasa's President Laurent-Désiré Kabila...

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